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Sep 26, 2010 6:30pm EDT
really need a governor on our side. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> why our students are falling behind and how they can get back on top. our nbc special coverage begins. >>> under suspicion. an embattled pastor breaks his silence about accusations of sexual abuse. >>> rough landing. >> get down. stay down. heads down. stay down. >> an emergency in flight caught on tape. >>> and going for the gold, how the nfl hopes to build its audience by thinking young. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >>> good evening, everyone. we're coming to you tonight from the plaza outside our rockefeller center studios in what we have transferred this week into learning plaza. it's part of education nation. nbc news special coverage this week focusing on our nation's schools and how we can help our children succeed. a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll finds half of americans believe public grade schools need major changes or a complete overhaul. this week we help to stimulate a national conversation about that. tha
NBC
Sep 2, 2010 4:00am PDT
. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with states of emergency. north carolina, virginia and maryland are all on the highest level of alert as the east coast braces for the arrival of hurricane earl. even a slight shift in the projected path of what experts are calling an impressive, massive storm could spell disaster for the eastern seaboard. nbc's kristen dahlgren has the latest from north carolina's outer banks. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. well, there's been so much talk about where earl and its eye is going to track, and the bottom line this morning is it may not make that much difference because the hurricane-force winds extend out 90 miles from the center. tropical storm force winds out 200 miles from the center. so, along much of the coastline, things about to get much worse. as darkness fell on the carolina coast, earl strengthened, bringing with it powerful waves but also uncertainty. >> earl's a big unknown. if it stays o
NBC
Sep 27, 2010 4:00am PDT
a delta flight's landing gear failedo deploy. >>> and "education nation." nbc news takes a special in-depth look at the state of our nation's schools. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning to you including those in the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. >>> this morning we begin on the brink -- this morning several states in the midwest are trying to stay dry as rivers there are rising to dangerous levels. the situation is particularly precarious along the wisconsin river where one levee built in the 1890s is failing. while it hasn't collapsed, officials don't consider it safe. they recommend evacuation and have warned residents that if the levee breaks, emergency vehicles, including police, fire, and ambulances will not be able to reach those who stay behind. fortunately water levels are beginning to recede elsewhere in wisconsin where a state of emergency had been declared in several counties. >>> this morning's "new york times" is reporting that federal officials are seeking broader authority to hunt down criminal and terror suspects o
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Sep 18, 2010 5:30pm PDT
. >>> "nbc nightly news" is next. we'll seyou ba >>> center stage. sarah palin in iowa, a visit that's raising big questions about her future and the party's. >>> drawing a crowd. of the faithful and the furious. >> we don't want him here! >> we don't want him here! >> strong words tonight from the pope in london. >>> taking aim. hurricane igor bears down on bermuda as the cleanup begins in the wake of another killer storm. >>> and miracle mom. a young mother of three defies death and now she's using her life to make a difference. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. coming off of a drama of some of this week's state primary contests, believe it or not, not all the political focus these days is on the november midterm elections. the run-up to the 2012 presidential campaign is also slowly starting to build. tonight, those handicapping the potential republican challengers are trying to figure out what to make of sarah palin's high profile appearance this weekend in a place where presidential runs usually get off the ground. nbc's mike viqueira is in washington
NBC
Sep 5, 2010 6:30pm EDT
. hollywood in hot pursuit of a whole new audience. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >>> good evening. investigators this weekend are gegtd their first close-up look at the critical piece of machinery that was supposed to have prevented the massive bp oil spill. the 300-ton blowout preventer which should have sealed off the flow of oil after the deep water horizon rig exploded is an important piece of evidence. after carefully lifted from the seafloor last evening under the watchful eyes of the fbi. the full explanation is undetermined, but now investigators are a step closer to learning how the tragedy unfolded into this country's largest environmental disaster. nbc's anne thompson was on board the thip that retrieved the preventer and joins us from new orleans with more. ann. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the blowout preventer is now in the custody of the fbi tonight, making its way to shore and to a nasa facility here in louisiana where it will be inspected for evidence as investigators try to answer the question o
NBC
Sep 9, 2010 4:00am PDT
see in men on the dance floor. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with burning heat. a problematic pastor in florida is defying the nation's highest ranking authorities, saying he will burn copies of the koran on september 11th. with the anniversary of the infamous terror attacks just days away, the church leader's planned protest against what he calls the evil of islam has become a lightning-rod topic worldwide. nbc's leanne gregg has more. >> reporter: outrageous, disgraceful, but constitutionally legal. those are some descriptions of pastor terry jones' plans to pile up korans, the muslim holy book, and burn them in commemoration of september 11th. despite pleas, the pastor of a small church in gainesville, florida, refuses to call it off. >> we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> reporter: jones says his actions are from a message from god. in jakarta, indonesia, protesters call it a symbol of hate, asking
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Sep 20, 2010 4:00am PDT
again. this time, accused of squatting. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pick time zone. i'm lynn berry and today we begin with mission finally accomplished. bp said a permanent seal is in a place at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. however, killing the catastrophic well off is a bittersweet victory for gulf coast residents who fear they'll be battling the effects of the nation's worst environmental disaster for years to come. nbc's jay gray has our report. >> reporter: it began april 20th with a massive fireball and deadly flames cutting through the night air as the deepwater horizon rig exploded then collapsed. 11 fives were lost and oil began to seep into the gulf. the start of the worst spill in u.s. history. now 154 days later government scientists say the final seal, barrels of cement, is holding tight and that the well will never leak again. president obama acknowledged the work that's been done and perhaps the more difficult job that lies ahead in a written statement which says in pa
NBC
Sep 15, 2010 5:30pm PDT
. tonight, her job is in deep jeopardy. >>> an nbc news exclusive. the leader of iran, what he thinks about the fate of those jailed hikers and the controversial plan to put an islamic center near ground zero. >>> holy grail. will there ever be a safe pill for weight loss? tonight, the fate of one that was supposed to be a block buster is hanging in the balance. >>> and saying goodbye to edwin newman, whose brilliant career made us all better. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if there is a lesson from last night, here it is. the tea party is for real, in case anyone had any doubts. and within the republican party, you could see some veteran politicians adjusting to that idea after watching a few establishment politicians go down to defeat last night. they were primary elections last night in a number of important places and races. the message of voter discontent, and the status quo, loud and clear. while that was last night's result, and november is something else entirely, lots of people awoke to a new political reality today.
NBC
Sep 6, 2010 5:30pm PDT
most dangerous places. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm kate snow in for brian williams on this labor day. president obama spent the holiday in milwaukee talking to union members about the economy and topic number one for so many families right now -- creating more jobs. according to the august unemployment report which came out on friday, nearly 15 million people are without jobs on this labor day and another 9 million are working part time, not because they choose to, but because they cannot find a full-time job. the obama administration is unveiling new plans this week to try to boost job growth, but today's speech was as much about politics as it was about new programs with the midterm elections just eight weeks from tomorrow. joining me now from the white house, nbc's mike viqueira. mike, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, kate. the president told supporters today there is no silver bullet for what ails the economy, but in a speech that quickly became a political stemwinder, that didn't stop him from firing
NBC
Sep 28, 2010 4:00am PDT
. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good tuesday morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with taking aim on the trail. president obama took republicans to task for their proposed pledge to america yesterday, calling their policies, "irresponsible." today the president sets out on a campaign swing with stops planned in four states to sell his plan to fix the economy. tracie potts is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. you will see the president's events take on a distinct campaign-like feel. two goals swinging through several states. first of all, to energize young voters, and as you said, sell his economic recovery plan. it's a plan that now includes a new $30 billion fund for small businesses. he signed that into law yesterday. the idea is to provide them more money so these businesses can expand, and hopefully hire more workers and affect the low jobless rate in this country. this is a mes
NBC
Sep 1, 2010 6:00pm EDT
. >> reporter: this phone call apparently made as nbc news was investigating the story this afternoon and made a phone call to the discovery communication headquarters building in silver spring. police say hostage negotiators were in contact with lee for nearly the entire ordeal. now we've learned this evening of another phone call that james jay lee made during this stand-off. he call nbc news headquarters in new york. here is an excerpt. i will read it to you verdict bait yim. lee, i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped the my body ready to go off. i have a device, if i drop it, if i drop it, i'll explode. the nbc news producer. so how long have you been working on this particular bomb? >> lee. three week. around three weeks or a month. the nbc news producer. three weeks? lee, did i a lot of research. i had to experiment. nbc news producer. and how many bombs again do you have? lee, i have several. nbc news producer. do you have a gun? lee responds, i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body ready to go off. now again, that is verbati
NBC
Sep 16, 2010 4:00am PDT
sinkhole. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with getting down to business. primaries are over. midterm elections are just weeks away. and now president obama is slamming republicans for holding up his tax plan to prop up small businesses and the middle class. nbc's tracie potts joins us live now from capitol hill. good morning. >> good morning. republicans are digging in, not all of his own party members are on board. and all of this less than two months before a key election. how to win a tax fight and an election. first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> reporter: then put pressure on your opponents. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. more than two dozen democrats now disagree with president obama. republicans aren
NBC
Sep 13, 2010 4:00am PDT
new world record. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good monday morning to you. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pick time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. >>> today we begin with a tax cut tussle. congress gets back to work this week with washington squarely at odds over proposed tax cuts. this weekend taxes were a main point of protest for tea party supporters who took to the streets from the capital in sacramento to say no to big government. nbc's brian moore reports. >> reporter: members of the tea party movement marched through the nation's capital, coming from far and wide to send a message. >> i want the spending stopped. i want the big government stopped. and the taxes. don't want the taxes. >> reporter: there were also rallies in st. louis and sacramento, notably smaller gatherings than last year's nationwide tea party, but no less vocal. >> i'm just a plain old person. but i have a big, big desire to see my country go back to its roots. >> reporter: republicans want to ride this wave back to power. but first, they'll face some t
NBC
Sep 21, 2010 4:00am PDT
. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pick time zone. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with on the defensive. at a town hall held by cnbc in the nation's capital, president obama held his ground while frustrated citizens took turns taking shots at his economic strategy. the president repeatedly defended his policies while fielding pointed questions from americans who fear the worse from the economy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> quite frankly, i'm exhausted. i'm exhausted in defending you, defending your administration. >> reporter: reporters laid into him live on cnbc's town hall. people like zelma hart. >> i voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. i'm one of those people and i'm waiting, sir. i'm waiting. i don't feel it yet. >> reporter: the same from an out of work law school graduate. >> i really want to know. is the american dream dead for me? >> absolutely not. we're moving in the right direction. >> reporter: there's more pr
NBC
Sep 5, 2010 5:30pm PDT
chilean flamingos, and they made eggs and they hatched. nbc nightly news is next. good night. >>> in custody, a massive piece of hardware >>> in custody a massive piece of hardware raced from the seafloor, now it's evidence in a disaster that cost 11 lives and countless livelihoods in the gulf. make-or-break. the president's big push on the economy and now the election clock is ticking. adult supervision, a popular website under fire blocks its own controversial content, but for how long? >>> and foreign affair. hollywood in hot pursuit of a whole new audience. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news." >>> investigators get the first close-up look at critical piece of machinery that was supposed to have prevented the massive bp oil spill. the 300-ton blowout preventer that should have sealed off the flow of oil after the deep water horizon rig exploded is tonight an important piece of evidence. after being carefully lifted from the seafloor last even under the careful eyes of the fbi. the full explanation of the explosion that killed 11 wor
NBC
Sep 27, 2010 4:00am EDT
moments at jfk airport when a delta flight's landing gear fas to deploy. >>> and education. nbc takes a special in-depth look at the state of our nation's schools. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and a very good moing to you. i'm veronica dell a cruise. today we begin with on the brink. residents are trying to stay drive as rivers are trying to rise to dangerous levels. one levee built in the 18 # 0s has. it has warneded residents that ifhe levee brings merge vehicles incding police, fire, and balances will not be able to reach those who stay behind. waters are beginning to reseed elsewhere where emergencies had been declared. >>> this morning they're seeking broader authority to track down. to design their network so fbi officials can monitor suspects if the companies are served with a wire tap order. right now those services ewing what's known as peer to peer software are difficult to intercept because they're not rooted through a central hub. cording to the times, the bill which the obama administration plans to submit next year raises fres fresh questions.
NBC
Sep 29, 2010 4:00am PDT
. now a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows voters want change. >>> seeing red. a colombian bullfight turns deadly for rowdy spectators. >>> and military mishaps. two navy pilots under fire for lowering their choppers into lake tahoe. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good wednesday morning to you. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with desperate measures. president obama heads to the nation's heartland today where he will no doubt rake republicans over the coals, but they aren't the only ones in the hot seat. the president turned up the heat on his own party members yesterday. hoping to return the support that won him the presidency. nbc's tracie potts has more from washington. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. good morning, everyone. buck up. that's what president obama said, his word literally to democrats. trying to re-energize the party with some political tough love. >> i don't know about you, but i'm fired up. >> reporter: president
NBC
Sep 26, 2010 11:00pm PDT
san quinten, kimberly terry, nbc bay area news. >>> in san francisco, police shot and killed a man in the tenderloin today. shortly after 11:00 this morning, they responded to a noise complaint at the granada hotel on sutter street. when they confronted the suspect, they say he showed a weapon and they opened fire. the man who lives on the floor below the shooting says he didn't hear anything before the gunfire, and he thought the noise could have been related to the football team on tv. >> right after kansas city scored, i heard five or six shots or more. i thought maybe -- it sounded like it was coming from down the street. soy thought it was a kansas city fan celebrating. but i walked out in the hall, i'm on the sixth floor and the shooting happened on the seventh. the cops told me to get back in my room, so i did. >> meantime, just about four blocks away near the intersection of sutter and franklin streets, an armed man barricaded himself in his apartment for most of the day. police and crisis negotiators responded to the scene around 1:30 this afternoon. the incident wasn't resol
NBC
Sep 10, 2010 4:00am PDT
most giving. which countries are the most generous. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with chaos in california. the explosion of a natural gas pipeline in a san francisco suburb last night triggered a massive fire leaving one person dead and 53 homes destroyed. that blaze continues to burn this morning. nbc bay area news has more. >> reporter: a san bruno neighborhood erupts in flames in a matter of seconds create a confusing and dangerous scene. >> i had to go look for my 80-year-old father in the house. they said he's gone. they said he's not there. >> reporter: families sitting down for dinner say it shook them to the core. >> a huge fire and smoke everywhere. we just ran for our life. >> reporter: eight months pregnant, betty ran her three kids and ran to safety. >> we just ran. we didn't have any shoes. the kids were -- we had to borrow this from our neighbor. >> reporter: neighbors towed kids and pets. a relentless wall of flame
NBC
Sep 16, 2010 4:00am EDT
firefighters race to rescue a camel stuck in a sinkhole. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with getting down to business. primaries are over. midterm elections are just weeks away. and now president obama is slamming republicans for holding up his tax plan to prop up small businesses and the middle class nbc's tracie potts jones us for more. >> increasingly, docrats disagree with him over taxes and republans are digging in, not good sign for a compromise seven weeks before an election. w do win a tax fight and an election? first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> then put pressure on your opponent. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax accuracies on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner who suggested sunday he might suppor
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Sep 27, 2010 5:00pm PDT
hernandez, "nbc bay area news." >> new tonight here at 5:00, the governor signed a bill today intended to crack down on repeat drunk drivers. that new law allows judges to suspend a driver's license for ten years if the violator is convicted of more than three duis over a ten-year span. right now someone convicted of three or more duis can have their license pulled for three years. that law takes effect january isst of 2012. the governor held a closed door meeting to resolve the state's budget impact. lawmakers and aides to the governor worked through the evening on the framework of a solution. you heard about that last week. >> so far still a framework but no bipartisan agreement. meantime, california is in talks with wall street about getting a massive short-term loan. once lawmakers reach a budget agreement. banks could make huge profits from the loan that would be repaid within four weeks. the loan would also let the states repay a long list of creditors. >> tomorrow night gubernatorial candidates meg whitman and jerry brown will square off in their first debate of the campaign. wi
NBC
Sep 28, 2010 5:30pm PDT
news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. there is important news in what we're about to show you because it may be evidence of a trend afoot right now. we are at this hour debuting a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll. while there is some good news here for the democrats who may be worried about a blood bath, sweeping losses at the upcoming mid-term elections have been predicted. there is really bad news if you're an incumbent office holder of either party. the voters increasingly don't want to hear it. they want some things someone else, and something new. our nbc news political director chief white house correspondent, chuck todd, here with us to start us off. >> good evening. we'll start with the number everybody asks about five weeks before the election and that is, this generic ballot question. who's up? who's down? what do you prefer? last month, it was a nine-point advantage for the republicans. now, the lead has shrunk to six. the mood of the electorate hadn't changed. they want change. they don't like the direction of the country
NBC
Sep 23, 2010 4:00am PDT
the streets of miami. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm amara sohn. today we begin with global positioning. president obama will address the united nations general assembly today where he'll talk up steps this nation has taken to strengthen its global ties. the president's broad-based speech will urge the worldwide partnership to work toward common goals such as the economic crisis and peace in the middle east. michelle franzen is live for us at the united nations in new york. good morning, michelle. >> reporter: good morning, amara. he will have his work cut out for him. many of the same foreign policy issues that have been taken up here throughout the years still exist. certainly combat units in iraq left at the end of august. but nearly 50,000 u.s. troops remain in iraq mainly to train security forces. in afghanistan, troops have been increased in that region. and also insurgent attacks have also been increased. you mentioned peace in the middle east, earlie
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Sep 28, 2010 5:00pm PDT
center barbara boxer led the charge demanding the head of pg&e make safety changes immediately. nbc has the story from washington for us right now. steve? >> reporter: lisa, thanks. good evening. the blown section of the san bruno pipeline is here in washington, the ntsb is in the middle of its investigation. but now the pressure is on pg&e to alter its system immediately. in the hearing here in washington, up on capitol hill today, chris johns, the head of pg&e says he's already lowered the pressure of the natural gas in his pipelines that run through populated areas. he's inviting congress to require big gas lines to be moved out of residential neighborhoods. but a clash came on ougauto mat shutoff valves. senator barbara boxer literally sniffed at that. >> you would agree there would have been a shutoff valve, we would have averted the disaster. >> if there were a remote controlled shutoff valve in there, the gas flow would have stopped faster by the time our people got there. >> reporter: so the challenge is laid down. will pg&e make its very, very expensive upgrades and switch
NBC
Sep 15, 2010 6:30pm EDT
. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if there is a a lesson from last night, here it is. the tea party is for real, in case anyone had any doubts. and within the republican party, you could see some veteran politicians adjusting to that idea after watching a few establishment politicians go down to defeat last night. they were primary elections last night in a number of important places and races. the message of voter discontent, loud and clear. while that was last night's result, and november is something else entirely, lots of people awoke to a new political reality today. but there's a lot of that going around, starting in delaware where our own kelly o'donnell starts us off this evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tonight, democrats and tea party supporters are excited about the big upset here, each believing it can help their causes. while republican officials are trying to figure out how to win with a candidate they did not want. up early to face a rash of national attention and new scrutiny. tea party conserva
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Sep 8, 2010 4:00am PDT
nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with getting personal. president obama will dig deep during his speech in cleveland today where according to administration officials he'll draw on his own personal background to convince voters that he knows what it's like to struggle through tough times. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to rescue the economy. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. today the president will deliver that speech in a state where one of his harshest critics is from, republican leader john boehner, and from a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president's expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks, allowing small businesses to write off capital investments next year, giving them
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Sep 7, 2010 4:00am PDT
. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with dwindling support. this morning a fresh report card is out on washington. for the white house the numbers are not looking good. with just weeks to go before the midterm elections. in a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll, almost half of americans now disapprove of president obama and six out of ten think the company is headed in the wrong direction. meanwhile democrats in congress have some hurdles to overcome as well. right now among likely voters, almost half prefer republicans. those new numbers come just as president obama unveiled his plan yesterday to use the infrastructure to put americans on track and back to work building rail ways and roads. they wasted no time blasting the proposal as the gop blamed the president for putting the country in reverse. tracie potts joins us from washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the poll numbers show we're not satisfied with the econom
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Sep 30, 2010 4:00am PDT
get done. nbc's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, they got out without making a decision on the tax cuts. democrats want to extend them for the r for the middle class. republicans want to extend them for everyone. that decision now pushed back until after the election. in the house, 39 democrats side with republicans on that vote to adjourn without dealing with taxes. but there was a flurry of activity several items approved, including a 9/11 victims compensation fund that will be reopened and the government will also pay for health care for ground zero workers. that had been opposed, saying it was another big $7 billion entitlement program. a temporary spending bill was passed. the government's fiscal year ends today. temporary spending bill will allow the government to continue operate for another two months, and some major changes coming to nasa. the space shuttle program and the space station will continue, but the constellation program sending astronauts back to the moon, that will end. veronica? >> sounds like congress
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Sep 27, 2010 5:00am EDT
flight's landing gear fails to deploy. >>> and education nation. nbc news takes a special in-depth look at the state of our nation's schools. good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. those stories and much more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> and we begin this morning with on the brink. this morning several states in the midwest are trying to stay dry as rivers there are rising to dangerous levels. the situation is particularly precarious along the wisconsin river where one levee built in the 1890s is failing. while it hasn't collapsed, officials don't consider it safe. they recommend evacuation and have warned residents that if the levee breaks, emergency vehicles including police, fire and ambulances will not be able to reach those who stay behind. fortunately water levels are beginning to recede elsewhere in wisconsin where a state of emergency had been declared in several counties. >>> this morning's "new york times" is reporting that federal officials are seeking broader authority to hunt down criminal and terror suspects on the internet. they want cong
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Sep 21, 2010 5:30pm PDT
by nbc-universal television >>> with political anger roaring across the country tonight we go to a small town where the citizens found out how much their public servants were making and they went wild. it happened in bell, california, where the city manager for starters was making $800,000. tonight, eight current and former town officials are in jail. the l.a. county d.a. is calling this corruption on steroids and all public officials like them across the country should probably regard this as a warning shot. we begin tonight with nbc's george lewis who is in the l.a. suburb. george, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the eight are accused of misappropriating $5.5 million of city funds for their own use. authorities from the district's attorney's office rounded them up first thing this morning. >> do you have anything to say about the charges? >> reporter: the big fish is the former bell city manager robert rizzo picked up at his luxury home in huntington beach, california, accused of stealing $4.3 million in public funds. >> rizzo, acting as the unelected and unaccoun
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Sep 24, 2010 5:00pm PDT
decision. live in san francisco, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. as that case moves forward, another high profile one is now on hold. the case against the convicted rapist accused of kidnapping jaycee dugard. his attorney brought up concerns about her china's mental state and the judge agreed. garrido and his wife nancy are accused of kidnapping jaycee doing a arrested and holding her captive for 18 years. his attorney insisted faye the suspension is only a minor delay in the case. >> what i want to make really clear is that this is a fundamental fairness issue. it has nothing to do with the defense. that's really importan somebody read that i was claiming a defense. that is not the case. >> the case against garrido's wife has not been halted. >>> serious heat making a big comeback. this week we could be on track to break some weather records. our meteorologist is live with a look at how hot things could get. >> when you know they send the weather person outside to see how hot it will be around the bay area, it is kind of toasty around san jose. you can see we're well hydrat
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Sep 21, 2010 5:00am EDT
policies while fielding pointed questions from americans who fear the worst from the economy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> quite frankly, i'm exhausted. i'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration. >> reporter: self-described obama supporters laid into him live on cnbc's town hall. people like velma hart. >> that i voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. i'm one of those people, and i'm waiting, sir. i'm waiting. i don't feel it yet. >> reporter: the same from an out-of-work law school graduate. >> i really want to know, is the american dream dead for me? >> absolutely not. we're moving in the right direction. >> reporter: there's more proof of that. economists calculated our recession ended in june 2009, recovery began 14 months ago. but not for millions of us, the president acknowledged. >> the challenge is is that the hole was so deep that a lot of people out there are still hurting. >> reporter: and when a wall street ceo complained -- >> we have felt like a pinata. maybe you don't feel like you're
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Sep 14, 2010 5:00pm PDT
up. one u.s. official is quoted asz saying she will be in oman for at least a day. stay with nbc bay area news for continuing coverage of this developing story. you can also find the latest updates on our website at nbcbayarea.com and you can sign up for breaking news alerts as well. >>> an intense wall of fire, like nothing they have ever seen. that's how the first firefighters on the scene of the san bruno explosion described it. we are also getting a first listen at the dispatch tape from that chaotic day. kimberly terry is live in san bruno with the first responders who talked about that explosion. kim? >> reporter: lisa, you can see the devastation left behind by this fire right here and most people were running for their lives last thursday, first responders were running toward those flames, hoping to help save lives. the first firefighters and police officers to arrive at the site of thursday's explosion say they were overwhelmed. >> never. never seen anything of this magnitude. >> reporter: the ensuing inferno was growing and they needed help. >> we could only go so far b
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Sep 30, 2010 6:30pm EDT
greats. tony curtis. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's as if a monster storm hopped on i-95 and drove it right up the east coast. last night at this time it was in miami. it has rocketed north, skirting the atlantic. a relentless water pump. we're coming to you from washington tonight where the potomac river, not far from here, is dangerously high, within sight of the national monument. streets are flooded all over the region. the winds are high enough to have already caused damage and it's still motoring north and there's more on the way. nbc's tom costello starts us off in chevy chase, maryland tonight. tom, good evening. >> good evening to you. in fact, the east coast has been struggling through drought conditions, but today it got hammered. it started out with heavy rain, then flash flood and tornado watches from the outer banks of north carolina all the way north to new jersey. it was the dead of night when howling winds and the heaviest rains in months swept through the mid-atlantic. flooding neighborhoods, homes, road
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